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Introducing ‘Valley Voice’

By Anna Øglænd, Community Manager|Published 01 February 2021|Category: Blog, News, Valley Voice

Let us introduce ‘Valley Voice’, a column where our cluster members are in focus. What are they doing right now? How are they contributing to the Energy Transition, and which challenges and opportunities lay ahead?

First one out is Energy Valleys newest member, PLM Technology. They provide 3D Experience solutions to help companies innovating with dedicated expertise for design, engineering, simulation and manufacturing. We spoke with Managing Director, Kjell Fredhjem to hear his insights.

1. What are you doing right now?

I am currently at my home office, using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform developed by Dassault Systèmes and which we are a reseller for. Dassault Systèmes is a world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Their 3DEXPERIENCE platform is not only a PLM system, but a game changer for business and innovation. Especially with the current situation and “work from home” policy, this is a great tool to improve internal communication within the organisation and partners.

2. How do PLM Technology contribute to the Energy Transition?

We contribute with innovation. In other words, we offer solutions for organisations to increase innovation and better decision-making.

3. What are the biggest challenges and opportunities in the future?

The COVID-19 crisis is the obvious concern right now, but companies must return their focus on all the critical areas of business sustainability quickly. Despite short-term disruption, they must continue to build for the future if they want to remain viable.

In my opinion, the transition from offshore oil and gas is something that will last for a while, but there is also a huge opportunity for companies that focus on affordable and sustainable energy. Norway is Europe’s largest on hydro power, but we see new opportunities within resources such as solar and wind.

4. Best part of being a member of Energy Valley?

To be a part of an eco-system such as Energy Valley, we hope to maintain and increase the dialogue with our established customers, which also are members of the cluster. We also want to exploit the opportunity to help other companies and to collaborate.

5. What do you suggest are important factors in being a good leader?  

For me, keeping the team going and motivated is important. Both for individual development and competence, but also the social part. You are never stronger than a complete team.

6. Which Energy Valley member should be the next “Voice” to be interviewed/heard?

SINTEF, since SINTEF’s strategy is guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Thank you!